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eSAF research project CARE-O-SENE receives 40 million euros in funding

The international research project CARE-O-SENE (Catalyst Research for Sustainable Kerosene) was granted 30 million euros in funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Additionally, the industrial consortium partners contribute 10 million euros.

The aim of the project is to develop novel, next-generation Fischer-Tropsch catalysts and thus to optimize the production of sustainable kerosene—or sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)—on an industrial scale.

Sustainable kerosene is not based on fossil-based raw materials like conventional kerosene but on green hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The technology contributes significantly to sustainably decarbonizing sectors such as aviation, since fossil fuels are particularly difficult to replace in this area.

Research partners for the next generation of Fischer-Tropsch catalysts in CARE-O-SENE include Sasol Germany GmbH, Sasol Ltd. and the Helmholtz‐Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie (Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy, HZB). Others are the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, The University of Cape Town and INERATEC GmbH.

“Our work is an important building block of the German National Hydrogen Strategy,” said Dirk Schaer with Sasol. “We are delighted that the BMBF has recognized the enormous potential in the CARE-O-SENE research project on the novel Fischer-Tropsch catalysts and supports the work.”

Tobias Sontheimer at HZB added, “We are absolutely delighted about the start of CARE-O-SENE. The fact that each partner can contribute dedicated expertise in catalysis research and work so closely with successful companies on technological implementation makes the project very special.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the go-ahead for the CARE-O-SENE project at a ceremony at Sasol’s headquarters in Johannesburg this May.

Now that a positive funding decision has been made, the research work can begin.

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